Fans Invited to Bingas Stadium to View NBA TV Telecast


PORTLAND, ME -- The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that they will host a viewing party for the 2009 NBA D-League Draft at Bingas Stadium Smokehouse and Sports Bar located at 77 Free Street in Portland. The 2009 NBA D-League Draft will take place Thursday, November 5 beginning at 7 PM.  

The NBA D-League Draft will feature more than 140 prospects, many of whom will have recently competed in NBA training camps and summer leagues. The live selection show highlights the 9th annual draft which offers NBA D-League teams the opportunity to build their rosters from the pool of promising players. Forty players previously selected in NBA D-League Drafts have earned Gatorade Call-Ups to the NBA, including Portland’s Ime Udoka, Golden State’s Mikki Moore and Houston’s Chuck Hayes. The draft will be televised on NBA TV and streamed live online on NBA.com beginning at 7 PM.  

“With each day that passes, we are one step closer to stepping on the court for the first time,” said Maine Red Claws President and General Manager Jon Jennings. “We are today just 37 days from the start of training camp and 58 days from our home opener at the Expo. The draft on November 5 will be the next big piece to the puzzle as we start to really put together who will be the first to pull on the Red Claws jersey as part of our inaugural team.” 

Each of the NBA D-League’s 16 teams will be given one pick in each of the eight rounds.  No trades will be permitted during the draft and only players signed to an NBA Development League Standard Player Contract are eligible to be selected. The NBA D-League Draft utilizes a “serpentine” format, meaning the order will be reversed in each of the eight rounds. For example, the team picking last in the first round will select first in the second round, giving them the 16th and 17th overall choices.   

The Red Claws were awarded the eighth pick in the 2009 NBA D-League Draft. Up to 17 players from the NBA D-League Expansion Draft, local tryouts, allocation picks and the draft will be invited to training camp in November.